About the program

The Victorian Government’s New and Upgraded Dog Parks program seeks to improve the state's open space network by committing $13.4 million to ensure that Victorians have easy access to much needed green open space to exercise, relax or enjoy the outdoors with their dogs.

This investment will provide funding to specific public land managers to design and deliver the new and upgraded dog parks across Victoria in two rounds. This program also supports the continued implementation of the Victorian Government’s Open Space for Everyone Strategy 2021.

This program aims to:

  • Invest in underutilised public land for Victorians to connect with their communities and exercise their dogs;
  • Invest in informal and formal off-leash areas to meet the growing demand for people to socialise and exercise their dog off-leash;
  • Contribute to urban greening, cooling and shading of local neighbourhoods; and
  • Improve connectivity of open spaces with other points of interest and activity.

The first round of this program will focus on targeted grants to local councils for the delivery of six new dog parks and 13 dog park upgrades across Victoria with total funding committed of $7.685 million.

The second round of the program will be a competitive grants process for local councils to design and deliver dog park projects in areas of greatest need. Eligible local councils will be provided further information regarding the second round of the program in late 2024.

Cliff Whitworth Reserve Dog Park, Essendon West (Photo credit: Daniel at Artificial Studio)

Round 1 projects

In 2024 the New and Upgraded Dog Parks Program awarded $7.685 million in grants to support 19 projects. Round 1 provided capped funding opportunities to specific eligible organisations for the purpose of delivering new and upgraded dog parks in identified locations.

Map showing the locations of projects funded under Round 1 of the New and Upgraded Dog Parks Program. There are 19 locations displayed from suburbs across Melbourne and Geelong.

Delivery partnerLocationFunding amount
Brimbank City CouncilSydenham Basin Reserve, Sydenham$600,000
Cardinia Shire CouncilAlma Treloar Reserve, Cockatoo$300,000
Cardinia Shire CouncilOfficer District Park, Officer$400,000
City of CaseyEssex Park Bush Reserve, Endeavour Hills$480,000
Glen Eira City CouncilCaulfield Racecourse Wedge - Pawfield Park, Caulfield East$300,000
City of Greater GeelongSparrovale Wetland Reserve, Charlemont$550,000
Hume City CouncilJohn Ilhan Reserve, Meadow Heights$265,000
Knox City CouncilWantirna Reserve, Wantirna$800,000
Manningham City CouncilBurgundy Reserve, Doncaster$400,000
Manningham City CouncilWarrandyte Reserve, Warrandyte$300,000
City of MonashMount Waverley Linear Reserve, Mount Waverley$500,000
Moonee Valley City CouncilTravancore Park, Travancore$300,000
Moorabool Shire CouncilMasons Lane Reserve, Bacchus Marsh$400,000
Nillumbik Shire CouncilDiamond Creek Dog Park, Diamond Creek$300,000
City of WhittleseaAllumba Park, Wollert$500,000
City of WhittleseaWhittlesea Public Gardens, Lalor$340,000
Wyndham City CouncilCambridge Reserve, Hoppers Crossing$350,000
Yarra City CouncilSmith Reserve, Fitzroy$300,000
Yarra City CouncilQuarries Park, Clifton Hill$300,000

Completed dog parks

Since 2018, 31 new dog parks have been delivered across Melbourne and regional Victoria through two programs to create more space for our four-legged friends to run and play.

This included an investment of $5 million towards 14 off-leash dog parks in metropolitan Melbourne under the Suburban Parks Program, and a further $2.5 million for the creation of 17 off-leash dog parks across regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne under the Eco Stimulus Building Works package.

Find out more about the completed dog park projects here.

More information

For information and enquires please email the Open Space Programs team at open.space@deeca.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 20/05/24